WOPN 2015 Planned Events

Friday, March 6th

morning & lunch

Latitudes & Longitudes -
The World of Pinot Noir

afternoon

Pinot Noir by the Sea Focus Tasting

Movie Screening in the Bacara Theater:

evening

Surf or Turf...Earth, Wind or Fire!

Burgundy Dinner

Saturday, March 7th

morning & lunch

Burgundy Seminar

Foodie Frenzy Seminars

afternoon

Pinot Noir by the Sea Grand Tasting

Movie Screening in the Bacara Theater:

evening

Crystal Anniversary Dinner

Rock Stars of WOPN

Vintage Burgundy Dinner

 

Latitudes & Longitudes - the World of Pinot Noir
with Jancis Robinson OBE MW
Santa Ynez Room & Miró Restaurant
Friday, 9am - 2pm

World renowned wine critic, journalist and editor of wine literature Jancis Robinson will take us on a trip around the World of Pinot Noir. From the "new worlds" of the Southern Hemisphere and the Far Northern Hemisphere to the "old world" of Europe, you'll hear and taste why this enchanting grape is indeed a global ambassador.  Listen to what our panelists say about their vintages, growing conditions, terroir and winemaking styles as you compare how Pinot Noir has expressed herself in that region.  Stay tuned as Jancis fine tunes her panel of winemakers - check back here often!

The second half of this seminar focuses on wines from the epicenter of Pinot Noir from the old world - Burgundy.  Ms. Robinson will lead us through a tasting and discussion with our featured Burgundian producer (TBA)

Seminar guests will be treated to a 3-course gourmet lunch in Miró prepared by Executive Chef David Reardon and Chef de Cuisine Johan Denizot, created specifically to pair with these International wines. The luncheon may only be eclipsed by the spectacular views from the dining room.


Pinot Noir by the Sea Focus Tasting
Bacara Ballroom
Friday, 3 - 6pm, early admission at 2.30pm

Ready to dive in? Our Friday Focus Tasting will feature Pinot Noir from a select group of approximately 100 producers. Start your journey of tasting the world of Pinot Noir, mingle and meet the winemakers and principals and hear their take on regional terroir and vintages, as they present current and library selections. Make sure to check out our new winery participants, all showcased at this Focus Tasting, while you nibble on fresh, local and seasonal wine country appetizers from the Bacara culinary team - and don’t miss the cheeses from C’est Cheese! 

Our Silent Auction will include large format and rare finds and will benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund and the Keith Patterson Memorial Endowment at Cal Poly. Enjoy the grand views of the ocean and the Bacara grounds as you enjoy the wines and food. Opt for early admission to have some one-on-one time with the winemakers.

Movie Screening
Bacara Theater

We will be showing select wine-themed movies throughout the day.
Glasses of wine are available to enjoy with these complimentary screenings.

Surf or Turf...Water, Earth & Fire!
Various Dining locations throughout the Resort
Friday, 7pm

It's “elemental”, but which will you choose? Carnivore, Pescatorian, Vegetarian?  A set of three very focused and intimate 5-course dinners from three of our favorite local restaurants, featuring Pinot Noirs from winemakers near and far.  Choose Fire! - classic and renowned wood-grilled fare from the Hitching Post II restaurant and Chef Frank Ostini (yes, Sideways!) Choose Earth for what promises to be an incredible dining experience featuring gourmet and artisanal foraged and specialty foods, designed and created for you by Chef David Rosner of the Wine Cask .  Or.. Choose Water for the best of fresh seafood delectables, prepared by Chef David Reardon of Bacara. Naturally, these intimate dinners will be enhanced by Pinot Noir from attending winemakers, with service from our team of professional sommeliers.

Burgundy Dinner
Miró Cellar
Friday, 7pm

The Miró Cellar will once again be the setting for an intimate dinner for just three dozen guests with our featured Burgundy producer. This evening’s focus will continue our in-depth look at Burgundy, the epicenter of Pinot Noir in the beautiful atmosphere of the Bacara wine cellar. A six-course, gourmet meal will complement the wines, which will be expertly served by our sommelier team.


Burgundy Seminar
with Don Kinnan CSS CWE and Nick Poletto CSW CSS
Santa Ynez Room & Miró Restaurant
Saturday, 9am - 2pm

Côte Chalonnaise Seminar: Lying immediately south of Burgundy’s acclaimed Cote d’Or is the Cote Chalonnaise.  It shares much in common with its illustrious neighbor, a history of viticulture going back to the Romans, a monastic influence in the vineyards, and soil types from the same geological period.  However, the wines of the Cote Chalonnaise do not have the status of the Cote d’Or.  Nevertheless, there are producers creating exciting wines from the Chalonnaise top red wine appellations.  Explore with us as we delve into the wines from Mercurey, Givry, and Rully.

Gevrey-Chambertin vs Vosne-Romanee, Claiming the Gold: Burgundy’s reputation as world role model for pinot noir-based wine is unchallenged.  The two appellations which vie for the title of “Burgundy’s Best Reds” are Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanee.  This session will settle the controversy in a true courtroom fashion, presided over by Judge Leslie Mead Renaud.  You will be the jury as you weigh the presentation of evidence, taste the wines, and hear the ardent claims of the attorneys representing each side.  The verdict will be yours.  Will Gevrey with its Napoleonic endorsement and 9 grands crus take the title, or will Vosne-Romanee with its glamor and reputation reign supreme?

Click here to view last year's Burgundy presentation.

Following the seminar, guests will enjoy a Burgundy-inspired 3-course luncheon created by Bacara’s culinary team in the Miró Restaurant. Chef de Cuisine Denizot is French born and trained, so you know this will be his contemporary twist on classic dishes. More Burgundy? Yes, please!

Foodie Frenzy Seminar Pairing
Bacara Salon
Saturday, 10am - 2pm

We know Pinot Noir is one of the most food friendly wines on the planet.  Mushrooms - classic.  Uni (Sea Urchin)? Perhaps a new exploration for you!  We invite the experts on these taste sensations to give you the insider knowledge on pairing with Pinots.  Will you taste?  But of course!

He's a Funghi...
Bob Cummings, local mushroom expert and educator will take us on a tour of all things mycology (the study of mushrooms) and how regional mushrooms go so well with regional Pinots.  Chanterelles from Sta. Rita Hills, Morels from Upstate New York and the elusive (and expensive) truffle from Oregon perhaps?!
Enigmatic Uni
We love our spiky little sea urchins in these parts, plucked right from the nearby ocean and with such amazing taste and texture.  Yes, they are delicious with Pinot Noir! 


Pinot Noir by the Sea Grand Tasting
Bacara Ballroom & Terrace
Saturday, 3 - 6pm, early admission at 2.30pm

Featuring a different roster of wineries from California and even more wines from our international and regional participants, the Grand Tasting continues the World of Pinot Noir tradition of Pinot Noir by the Sea. The Grand Ballroom and Terraces will be the setting for more than 120 producers of our alluring grape. Chef David Reardon and his culinary team will pull out all the stops for tasty pinot inspired appetizers as you taste. C’est Cheese will be there with their incredible cheese tasting and our Silent Auction returns with a new slate of magnums, verticals and special bottlings. You’ll taste some of the world’s most delicious Pinot Noirs and understand why winemakers say Pinot Noir is “all about place”.
Enjoy the view of the Pacific from the Terraces as you immerse yourself in the World of Pinot Noir! Opt for early admission for a more leisurely experience and an additional half hour of tasting.

Movie Screening
Bacara Theater

We will be showing select wine-themed movies throughout the day.
Glasses of wine are available to enjoy with these complimentary screenings.


World of Pinot Noir Crystal Anniversary Dinner
Miró
Saturday 7pm

Ah, fine crystal - the only way to enjoy great Pinot Noir.  As this is the fifteenth anniversary of the World of Pinot Noir, you can expect a lot of crystal stemware to grace your table.  Join us to celebrate at this Black Tie Optional 5-course dinner, featuring the exemplary service of our Sommelier team, the exquisite wine country cuisine of the Bacara culinary team and special selections of current and library wines with our participating Pinot Noir wineries.  This is fine dining at its best.

Rock Stars of Pinot Noir
Santa Ynez Room & Terrace
Saturday 7pm

We have many a “rock star” in our wine world, and we are pleased to pay tribute this year to one who has been crafting beautiful wines and being an integral part of WOPN for many years.  You’ll just have to wait to hear (it is harvest right now after all and winemakers are a bit busy), but ou guest of honor will be surrounded by the other rock stars of WOPN, with Pinot Noirs from dozens of wineries taking the stage.  Food stations of all kinds from the Bacara kitchen will give you plenty to nosh on as we gear up for a little rock n' roll!

Vintage Burgundy Dinner with the Court of Master Sommeliers
Miró Cellar
Saturday, 7pm

The World of Pinot Noir is thrilled to present an extraordinary wine dinner hosted by the Court of Master Sommeliers.  Fred Dame, MS will present vintage wines from the Court's extensive cellar in this six-course gourmand experience in the Miró Cellar.  The cellar is an intimate and beautiful space where Bacara’s wines are perfectly stored - the secret is that it also has seating for wine dinners, but for a mere three dozen guests. Which makes it the perfect spot for winemaker dinners focusing on very select and rare wines.

 


 
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